N.J. Attorney General Paula Dow Announces Ban On Selling ‘Bath Salts’

TRENTON, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) – Calling them an imminent threat to public safety, New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow has filed emergency rules designed to immediately ban the sale and manufacture of synthetic drugs sold as “bath salts.”

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“The name sounds innocent. They are not,” said Dow. “We’re not talking about what the old days people referred to as the Epsom salts.”

Authorities say these are drugs sold at head shops and truck stops.

State consumer affairs acting director Thomas Calcagni says just this month, three users went to the hospital, including a 42-year-old man.

“He was foaming at the mouth, breathing rapidly,” said Calcagni.

The drugs can be snorted to mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines. The compound can be purchased legally in most of the country.

“Reported psychological side effects include extreme anxiety and paranoia,” said Dow.

Six chemicals associated with the manufacture of the drugs will be classified in new Jersey as Class 1 controlled dangerous substances. Manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of the chemicals will be considered a crime punishable by three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Dow says Louisiana and Florida have also banned the drugs.

Dow says anyone who voluntarily surrenders the bath salts drugs to police by May 8 will not face criminal charges.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York has also called for a ban.

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  • Jessica

    thats dumb.

  • A

    Let’s ban nail polish, toothpaste, all hair products, deodarent etc… etc…
    How about teaching idiots about consequences. I don’t remember being that stupid growing up.

  • jerseyjoey

    The Police Nazi State has Spoken with threats as usual, personally if your an 42 year old arsehole and sniff salt you deserve death by chi chi.

  • Good-Girl

    Shouldn’t they be more worried about the toxic fumes we breathe everyday in our air and the toxic chemicals that are being dumped into our water? Geez, get your priorities straight already.

  • Kory Stone

    The government needs to get out of the business of regulating our personal affairs. If a person feels they need to smoke bath salts and they die they were not worth having around in the first place. It is all part of natural selection. If you do stupid things you deserve to be weeded out of the Gene pool.

  • roy rogers

    Paula Dow is an idiot and should be banned from practicing law.

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